"I'm not sure I have the right words to describe what today means. In many ways, Lauren's retirement is a sad thing, but it also gives all of us a chance to reflect on what an amazing career she had. For me, it's a reminder of how thankful I am that I got to play along side her. As a young pro athlete you go through a lot, both on and off the court, and I can't imagine going through it with anyone other than Lauren. We accomplished a lot together on the court but it's the friendship that we built off of it that I'm even more thankful for. She'll always be the best player this franchise has ever seen and one of the best teammates I've ever had."
Storm Head Coach
"I believe Lauren is the most dominant player the WNBA has ever seen. It was an honor to witness such greatness. She wowed us daily. We are grateful for her incredible impact on the game of women’s basketball and the city of Seattle.She told me as a very young player that she wanted to be the best player in the world. It was a momentous feeling because we knew it was possible. She got her first MVP shortly thereafter.
Her tenacity is unlike anybody I’ve ever seen. She couldn’t be stopped and she could stop anybody. There has ever been a player with that combination of skill, athleticism, relentlessness, power and toughness. Players usually have one or the other, but she had it all.
As much as I’ve treasured our time on the court, the thing that I value most is our life-long friendship."
Former Storm Head Coach
"Lauren will go down as the most dominant player during her era. Unfortunately, injuries shortened her career, but her play and how she influenced winning was legendary. Lauren was highly skilled, fiercely competitive and a very loyal teammate. I’m extremely fortunate to have had the opportunity to coach Lauren. The Lauren Jackson / Sue Bird combination was the best, most difficult to defend. Bottom line, Lauren Jackson was the most versatile post player to ever play the game and she set the standard to where all posts will be measured."
Former Storm Head Coach
"Lauren is the greatest stretch 4 our game has ever seen! Her 6'5 frame with post up and guard skills changed our game! When you combined her with Sue Bird, there was no better dynamic duo in women's basketball. Our game sure will miss one of the VERY best!"
Seattle Storm Teammate, 2005 - 2012
"Lauren is easily the best player I’ve ever played with. Someone with her size and ability to do the things she can do with a basketball, her skill set is un-matched. Playing along side of her, we were able to witness her competitive nature. The game will truly miss Lauren. I’m thankful to have been able to play along side of her for the majority of my career. I’m even more grateful to have gotten to know her as a person. I know whatever Lauren decides to do in her next life will undoubtedly be just as extraordinary as she was a basketball player. Cheers to a remarkable career."
Seattle Storm Teammate, 2008 - 2012
"There is so much to be said about Lauren. A kind soul off the court but a force to reckoned with on the court. I feel so honored to have played beside one of the best in the entire world. I learned so much from her as player and as a competitor, and I will never forget the memories we made in 2010, bringing Seattle it's second WNBA title. I love you Lauren and thank you for all you brought to the game!!!"
Indiana Fever Forward, 2002 - present
"Those years and all those battles with Lauren were amazing! She brought out the best in me, in the WNBA and the Olympics. She was tough and did everything and made her teams so hard to play against! I'm happy for her. She'll be missed!"
Seattle Storm Teammate, 2007 - 2011
"Most people will remember how great Lauren was on the court. I'm blessed because the memories I will take away will be us singing Rihanna's Umbrella' before every game in 2007, Lauren inviting us out to Seattle's Kangaroo & Kiwi just to leave early and not say bye, quoting Madea word-for-word in her 'black, southern crazy old lady voice' until we all cried laughing, and the little things like our daily hugs and juicy girl talk sessions. She is the greatest of the great and will be missed on and
off the court. "
USA Basketball Women’s National Team Director
"USA Basketball congratulates Lauren on a fantastic career. From our first encounter during the 1997 Junior World Championship through four Olympics and three World Championships, she forced our teams to play at their very best. Her physical stature, ability to shoot from anywhere on the court and competitiveness made her a respected opponent. Lauren deserves credit for the growth of women's basketball around the world and making the game fun to watch. Thanks Lauren."